College Football Rankings 2011, Week One: USA Today/Coaches Poll Ranks Stanford No. 6

The USA Today/Coaches Poll was released Tuesday morning following the Labor Day weekend and the Stanford Cardinal remain situated at number six in the rankings. The Cardinal handily dispatched the San Jose State Spartans 57-3, but given the level of competition it is not surprising the Cardinal did not rise in the rankings. They were leap-frogged by Boise State while Oregon dropped to 14.

Oklahoma retained their lead atop the rankings and actually added a first place vote. Alabama lost four votes to Oklahoma and LSU, with the Tigers climbing to seven first place votes and third place. Florida State also moved up one spot to fourth with their win over Louisiana-Monroe.

Boise State was the big beneficiary this week as they climbed two spots on the back of their dominant road win over the Georgia Bulldogs. The Broncos schedule took a hit this past week with TCU's upset loss to Baylor. The loss dropped TCU to No. 25 and hurts the Broncos schedule. Boise State made the move to the Mountain West, but the loss of BYU and Utah will cost them as they make their bid for a shot at the national championship.

Stanford travels to face the Duke Blue Devils in a tune-up for the Cardinal's Pac-12 opener against Arizona on September 17. It's a fairly quiet week in the rankings as the only ranked matchups feature teams further down the polls.

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